§ Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Minister of Agriculture the average quantities of wheat imported and flour, imported for the five years ending 1913, and for the five years ending 1925, inclusive; and, if the figures are available, the average quantity of flour milled in this country for each of the two periods?
The average quantities of wheat and flour imported annually into the United Kingdom in the five years ending 1913 and in the five years ending 1925 were as follow:
— Wheat Meal and Flour. Cwts. Cwts. Average 1909–13 … 103,319,098 10,649,158 Average 1921–25 … 98,495,844 12,240,392
No data are available of the quantity of flour produced in this country, but It may be estimated that the annual average in the two periods, assuming a rate of extraction of 72 per cent. was, approximately, 894 million cwts. in 1909–13 and 86½ million cwts. in 1921–25. The Irish Free State is excluded from the United Kingdom as from 1st April, 1923, as the requisite particulars are not available.